If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Cowboys of California #2
October 27, 2020, by Dafina
Review by Melinda:
One of the things I loved is that this book opens with a one night stand on the night Sam wins an Oscar. They have a great time and Amanda sneaks away…with his Oscar on accident, but still! This cracked me up to no end that she wanted nothing to do with him OR his Oscar beyond the one night.
I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons, and one of the main ones is that Sam was just so supportive of Amanda throughout this book. I love a quietly supportive type and that’s what Sam was – just kind of there, in the background. And that makes it sound like the romance isn’t there but the balance was sweet in that it let Amanda shine throughout the book and have her take center stage.
Amanda is dealing with a toxic work situation with her boss, Dru, that is extremely complicated. Dru had some nuance to her and wasn’t exactly a black and white villain in that we get to see why Amanda is so willing to give her multiple chances in the beginning. I felt a little like that eventually wasn’t fleshed out as much as I’d like to have seen it be in the end but in the first half of the book, it was really refreshing.
I also really appreciated the glimpse into Sam’s take on Hollywood and being a Black person trying to make his way in that world. Overall I thought this was a delightful book – at times I wanted the romance to be a little more center stage but I did really enjoy this one.
CW: toxic workplace, racist microagressions, references to eating disorders